27 years old and in a bit of a career crisis. I've been drifting between dead-end jobs and I want to steer myself into a more satisfying position. I'm especially interested in getting into a creative industry and/or web development/design, or something else that will play to my (self-perceived) strengths of creativity and technical aptitude.
I need advice. So much advice. Perhaps some of you kind folks can help! [NB - This gets pretty long. Also, I'm in London, UK.] [more inside]
posted by Drexen
on Mar 5, 2012 -
Ecommerce starting out -
1. Can anyone suggest the best way to do a highly custom ecommerce web site?
2. I know there is Drupal, but haven't really seen any example Drupal sites that impress me. Is it possible to build a "from scratch" custom web site and still integrate ecommerce?
Thanks so much for your help and opinions! [more inside]
posted by kmurray24
on Feb 27, 2012 -
My role at work is growing from being a plain programmer to being in charge of our development process. Sounds great, but we don't have a process so I need to come up with one. I need techniques and tools to improve our end product. [more inside]
posted by borkencode
on Feb 14, 2012 -
Should I knuckle down and learn to use Magento, or is there a friendlier option that will do everything I need?
I am building an commerce site for a small business that needs to serve both the general public and their wholesale clientele. I've got some experience with several Wordpress-based ecommerce solutions, but am I going to find them limiting in the long run? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai
on Jan 17, 2012 -
I've been brought onboard by a startup company to fix up their social networking website, which was built for them in Joomla and is a complete glitch-filled mess, both front and back end. After upgrading to the latest Joomla version, the site has more or less broken (does not function at all at the front end). Should I attempt to patch up and rebuild this mess in Joomla, or start over with a better choice of CMS? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs
on Jan 15, 2012 -
How do you moderate a beautiful kick-off meeting for a website redesign project? What questions do I ask our prospective client? [more inside]
posted by windbox
on Jan 13, 2012 -
I've been working as an IT Guy and part-time web development guru on and off for close to 8 years. I'm looking to take the plunge, and become a full-time web developer, but have virtually nothing in my "portfolio" from those 8 years to show for it. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 3, 2011 -
Howdy, We're in the early stages of developing an online directory site that will include online booking capabilities similar (if not exact) to something you might see on a vacation rental site. Due to my limited knowledge on the subject, I thought I might plead for some help answering a couple simple questions. [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb
on May 26, 2011 -
I'm setting up a website which must include a strong social component. Users will share and modify designs and there will be contests voted on by users, a forum, and a store. I would like this to be able to handle high volumes of traffic, and I'd like it to be built on a flexible platform. What platforms should I consider, and where should I look for developers?
posted by fzx101
on May 22, 2011 -
How do I change our wiki URL from www.name:port to www.name:port/wiki (where 'name' is the name of our support portal)? [more inside]
posted by methroach
on Apr 8, 2011 -
In need of resume help. Abridged version : I worked for Company A, and then Company A split into two companies, Company B and Company C. Company A no longer exists. How do I list this on my resume? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B
on Mar 29, 2011 -
I'm a web developer. I feel like I'm not living up to my potential, not getting the opportunity to apply my abilities, and drifting into a career dead end—and it's bumming me out. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi
on Feb 14, 2011 -
I need some advice on how to build a database-driven site around an archive of ephemera (mostly flyers). Essentially, I want to build an online archive of scanned rave flyers from the Toronto-London-Detroit rave scenes (plus some Midwest US flyers). Here's what I have: [more inside]
posted by LMGM
on Feb 2, 2011 -
I've been doing LAMP web development for about ten years. I'd like to learn a new language to diversify my skills. What language should I choose? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi
on Jan 7, 2011 -
Im looking for some advice and suggestions on the best way to structure a project.
My client has 4 products (SAS) and although they are related most people would only use one due to the specialist nature of each.
Currently only one of these products has a website and there is no main company website.
They are looking to introduce a main company website either incorporating each of the 4 products within it or having a separate company site and each product has its own separate site with the main company site acting as a knowledge base to establish them as an authority in field they work in.
Im wondering what the best approach would be from a usability point of view and an SEO points of view? I guess from an SEO point of view each product sitting on its own domain and being targeted to certain keyphrases might be more preferential than one site will all the content in?
Im wondering if anyone knows of any examples out there that handle this particularly well
posted by toocan
on Nov 19, 2010 -
Is there a relatively simple way to build a coupon distribution website similar to Coupons.com or SmartSource.com? [more inside]
posted by spilon
on Nov 15, 2010 -
I have been out of website coding the past seven years. I still have a webiste but it is coded in very simple HTML with little or no CSS. From what I remember back then CSS was not supported fully by all he browsers. Broadband internet was also not as widely used as it is today so I hesitated in using images for my site. Is there a book that will bring me up to date with the latest coding technologies (Ajax, HTML, CSS)?
posted by alshain
on Nov 14, 2010 -
Web development work in Sydney: where to go ... what to know?
I'm a web developer, and might be getting laid off from my corporate job in Sydney next year.
So, two questions really:
- What's the best way to find work? Which agencies are the best? Which websites?
- I have a bit of lead-time, and I should probably be thinking about brushing up on my skills: I've spent a lot of time working on idiosyncratic in-house CMS and maintenance tools which would make you splutter if you saw them. So ... Drupal? JSP? Front-end stuff like JQuery/AJAX? What are the technologies in demand?
More background on my situation inside. [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel
on Nov 4, 2010 -
Dumb question here, especially coming from a web developer ... But I use a Twitter widget on occasion on the front page of the site I work on. We'll be using it again Election night from about 4pm through to the wee morning hours.
The widget is the standard-variety Twitter-supplied widget (http://twitter.com/widgets
The problem is, this widget always seems to "die" at some point during its use. That is, it will display tweets just fine for an hour or two (maybe even three, if I'm lucky), then it stops displaying tweets altogether, showing just the styled box, completely devoid of tweets.
Search as I have, google-fu has failed me. Can't seem to come up with an explanation that seems reasonable to my supervisors. Any ideas?
posted by jrchaplin
on Oct 26, 2010 -
My brother needs my help launching his website! Problem: it was designed in iWeb, he's a sensitive artist, and it just gets worse from there. [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn
on Oct 25, 2010 -
In Texas, if I do freelance web design or web development for a client directly, do I need to charge them sales tax? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate
on Oct 17, 2010 -
What should I learn/do to improve my chances of getting a web-related job/be a successful freelancer? [more inside]
posted by Memo
on Sep 21, 2010 -
Always desiring to experience living in Japan, I moved in the country from Canada almost a year ago on a working holiday visa, which will expire next month. My life here is stable so far, including a job at a company willing to sponsor me for a work visa. I want to live in Japan for a longer period, but the problem is I don't seem to meet the requirements for a visa. I am aware that getting married is the easiest way, but unfortunately, I do not have that possibility.
Is there anything I can do to stay and work in Japan longer? [more inside]
posted by remi
on Sep 15, 2010 -
You are learning HTML on the internet via a set of instructional videos. What do you expect to be taught? How do you expect to be taught it? What useless things do you hope will be left out? What great things do you hope are included? [more inside]
posted by brenton
on Aug 9, 2010 -
window.showModalDialog opens a new window, but the page doesn't load. It's only a problem for one user - all others have been fine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by lash
on Jun 29, 2010 -
Have you done web design or development as part of a local "skills-based volunteer" or "pro-bono consultant" program? What were the projects like? Was it challenging? Are folks generally trying to move the technology and design forward, or get more life out of decrepit sites? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo
on May 18, 2010 -
At my office we are preparing to deploy Sharepoint 2010 Enterprise-wide and I'm the lead architect. What training will best prepare me for this role? [more inside]
posted by arniec
on May 13, 2010 -
I am a web developer with decent abilities but a growing frustration with the work. I have identified an area that I would like to pursue - Human-Computer Interaction.
I've been struggling with how to proceed with what seems like the inevitable next step in my working life and I'm hoping MeFi can be my surrogate mentor. I'd like to ask anon for employer-related reasons, which means more information than you may require inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 6, 2010 -
What's a good system to use for working on a site that needs to be localized for two or more languages? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero
on May 5, 2010 -
Someone I met online begged me to build a website for his software idea and then stiffed me for the second and final payment even as he gushed about his delight with the site. Is it worth the trouble to go to small claims court or should I take this as a painful lesson and move on? [more inside]
posted by Pamelayne
on Apr 28, 2010 -
Does anyone know what happened to development on the history microformat
? Is it dead in the water like it seems, or did something newer and better take over?
posted by thebestsophist
on Mar 22, 2010 -
What are some good resources (books, websites, etc.) about doing test-driven development and unit testing for web applications? [more inside]
posted by Godbert
on Feb 16, 2010 -
Is it possible to get an RSS feed of a Facebook group to display on a page outside of Facebook? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Jan 28, 2010 -
Working-in-environments-where-the-cheerleader-is-the-sinkhole-filter: Project manager isn't taking her job seriously, making it hard for me to do mine. [more inside]
posted by june made him a gemini
on Jan 25, 2010 -
I am looking for suggestions for inexpensive online or real life courses, books, or web sites that will help a friend learn MySQL and PHP. [more inside]
posted by parrot_person
on Jan 18, 2010 -